Talks could get prickly as political porcupines face off

Varadkar’s agreement to a second meeting with Martin reinforces the view that Fine Gael is willing to cut a deal, but it could take time

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
25th February, 2020
Talks could get prickly as political porcupines face off
Micheál Martin is joined by Thomas Byrne as he addresses the media after today’s meeting with Leo Varadkar. Picture:

The old joke about how porcupines mate came to mind as Micheál Martin briefed the media today about his meeting with Leo Varadkar.

The answer to that gag – “very carefully” – summed up the mood as to how the two parties’ pre-negotiation negotiations are proceeding.

According to the Fianna Fáil leader, Varadkar repeated Fine Gael’s well-worn line that the party wants to go into opposition.

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